Understanding the Housing Guarantee
Continuing students participating in the ‘Housing Selection Process’ are either considered guaranteed or non-guaranteed based on the following:
- Guaranteed: Rising sophomores and continuing transfer students are guaranteed housing if they participate in the ‘Housing Selection Process’ and adhere to all published deadlines.
- Non-Guaranteed: Rising juniors and seniors are not guaranteed housing but must participate in the ‘Housing Selection Process’ and adhere to all published deadlines for a chance to receive housing.
Complete Your Application Materials
All students participating in the Housing Selection Process need to complete all steps of the application before the published deadline. A complete application consists of the 3 required application materials, which are completing the online application, electronically acknowledging the terms and conditions of the License Agreement, and paying the $400 non-refundable Housing Deposit to Student Accounts.
- Online Application: If you have applied for housing before, you'll find that the application is pre-loaded with the information you already have on file. Before you begin, make sure you are ready to fill out your roommate group information, which includes your roommates' pairing numbers. Each member of your roommate group must complete his/her own individual application. Once the first group member forms the group on his/her application, he/she will become the group leader and will need to add the other members to the group. The group leader must also finalize the group by pressing the "verify" button in the application. Before the application deadline, the three required application materials must be complete as well as a group of one, two or four must be created.
- License Agreement: The License Agreement is a legally binding document that covers the terms and conditions of living in Student Housing at LMU. It is binding for the entire academic year. You will need to read through the document found in the online application and electronically acknowledge that you understand and agree to the terms and conditions. An email will be sent to your LION email address confirming that you have completed this step and includes a link to a copy of the License Agreement. We encourage you to save a copy of the License Agreement for future reference.
- $400 Non-Refundable Housing Deposit. You must pay a non-refundable $400 Housing Deposit in order for your application to be considered complete. This non-refundable Housing Deposit is applied to your fall housing charges, but is forfeited should you cancel your housing for any reason. Please note that Student Accounts may take a couple of days to process the payment before we can consider this step of the application complete, so we recommend you submit payment for this fee as early as possible.
The preferred and quickest method of paying the housing deposit is online at the Student Account Center. If paying online, please log in to MyLMU and click on “System Logins” on the top right to access the option titled “Student Account Center” from the drop down menu. Select the tab at the top of the screen titled "deposits." From the drop down menu, select the "Fall 2017" term and finally the payment option titled "Fall 2017 Housing Deposit." Please note that this system only accepts personal checking and savings account information
You can log in to Student Housing Online Services to check that we have received your application materials. Please use the "Status" link below the Application link of the Apply tab of Student Housing Online Services. Students with incomplete application materials and miss the deadline will be removed from their group and will not be able to participate in Priority Drawing and will not receive housing through the Housing Selection Process.
Pay Your Housing Deposit
All students must pay the $400 Housing Deposit in order to complete the application process. This non-refundable Housing Deposit is credited toward your housing charges and must be paid before the application deadline. We recommend that you pay by February 25th at the latest since it may take up to two business days to receive record of your payment. In order to avoid delays in the processing of your housing processing fee, please make your payment online at the Student Account Center found in MyLMU. If you must pay by check at the Student Accounts Office (Charles Von der Ahe Building, 2nd Floor), be sure to include your ID number and indicate that payment is for the Housing Deposit. Everyone in your group must pay this deposit before you can draw a priority number.
If a student cancels after he/she has been assigned, he/she will forfeit the $400 Housing Deposit. Furthermore, any student who receives an appointment time and fails to complete the housing selection process or cancels his/her housing for any reason will forfeit the $400 Deposit. For more information about canceling a housing assignment, please see our "Canceling Housing" webpage.
Note: In order for your deposit to be accepted, your student account must be current. If you are behind on your payments, be sure to work with the Student Accounts office to bring your account current and pay the Housing Deposit well in advance.
Choose Your Roommate Group
All students going through the Housing Selection Process are required to be part of a roommate group. A roommate group may consist of one, two or four students of the same gender who all share the same Guarantee Status. You are only able to form groups with students of the same guarantee status. Share your Roommate Pairing Number with the designated group leader since he/she will need to enter these numbers on the online application to create the group. You may enter the process alone, but you will have limited options when choosing a room during Room Selection. We encourage you to find at least one roommate.
If you are a transfer student, you are able to create a group with students of any classification. Since you have a “guaranteed” status, the roommate group you are part of will be guaranteed on-campus housing. Please see the link titled “Transfer Student Groups” for more information about how to create a group.
Creating a Roommate Group
In order to form a group, each person must have started his/her online application. One person from the group should be identified as the group leader and will create the group in his/her application. The group leader will add students to the group by entering their name and Roommate Pairing Number into the online application. The Roommate Pairing Number can be found on the step of the online application titled "Personal Information" or on the upper right hand corner of Student Housing Online Services via MyLMU. Using this number rather than other personal identifiers, like your student ID number, helps safeguard your privacy. Avoid sharing your Roommate Pairing Number with anyone other than your chosen roommate(s) since anyone with your Roommate Pairing Number will be able to add you to their group. Once a group is established, the group leader must finalize the the group in the online application by pressing the "verify" button. The roommate group will be permanently established in the application system once the leader "verifies" the group. The other members who log in after the creation of the group will find that they are already in the roommate group created by the group leader and must then complete the remaining steps of the online application. If for any reason you would like to request a change to an established group, you may remove yourself from a group through the online application. No changes can be made to roommate groups past the application deadline of 5:00 PM on February 28, 2017.
If you would not like to participate in the Selection Process with roommates, you may create a group of one. In order to do so, you must designate yourself as the group leader and verify your group.
Try to Form a Group of Four
Most of the housing for continuing students at LMU is designed for four students. Both suites and apartments allow two students to share a room with each other and a bathroom or common area with two additional students. We highly encourage all applicants to form a group of four roommates before entering the Housing Selection Process. In fact, your group size significantly impacts your odds during the Priority Drawing since the lowest number drawn by any group member becomes the group’s priority number. A group of four people will have four chances to draw a lower number, instead of two chances with two people, and one chance for a person who enters alone. Additionally, a group of four students may be able to choose a room earlier than groups of one and groups of two.
Be Honest With Your Prospective Roommates
When deciding on roommates, be honest with one another about whether you share some common preferences and living habits. Doing this will lead to more successful roommate relationships. Your roommates do not have to be your best friends and good friends do not always make good roommates. You may want to take the opportunity to live with someone who may help you expand your horizons or learn about another culture. Once you have someone in mind, your RA can help you obtain a copy of a roommate agreement, which you can fill out early and revisit when you move in together in the fall.
The first group member to create the roommate group in the online application becomes the group leader. The group leader is responsible for adding the other members to the group. To add the other members to the group, the group leader will need to enter the Roommate Pairing Numbers of all the group members into their application and then finalize the group by pressing the "verify" button. If a group member logs in to his/her application, he/she will see that he/she is part of a group. Also, the group leader is the only person who can choose a room for the entire roommate group during Room Selection.
Tips for Creating a Group
If you are having trouble creating a group, please review the following items to create a group properly:
- Ensure that you are entering the first name, last name, and Roommate Pairing Number into the correct field.
- Ensure that you are correctly spelling the first name and last name and correctly inputting the Roommate Pairing Number.
- Ensure that no nicknames are entered in the name fields.
- You should not include an extra space at the end.
- Ensure that all students have at least started the online application.
- Ensure that all students in the group have the same gender and are the same guarantee status.
- All students in a group should either have a status of "guaranteed" or "non-guaranteed."
- Ensure that the person you are adding is not yet in a group.
- If a student is in another group, that student will need to remove themselves from the group they are in and/or delete the group so that a group leader can add them to the desired roommate group.
- If you are a transfer student, you are able to create a group with students of any classification. Since you have a “guaranteed” status, the roommate group you are part of will be guaranteed on-campus housing. Please see the link titled “Transfer Student Groups” for more information about how to create a group.
Find a Roommate Online
Are you looking to find a person to make a group of 2 or complete your group of 4? There is a new resource the Student Housing Office has created to help you find compatible roommates.
Through RoomSync, an online facebook application students are able to find roommates of the same status. Please use the links below to access the app.
Important: After you have found a roommate or roommates, you must go back into the housing application to request and confirm your group.
Scenario: Non-Guaranteed Students and Guaranteed Students Who Want to Live Together
Betty and Wilma will be sophomores and they desperately want to live with Lavern and Shirley, who will be juniors next year. Since Betty and Wilma are guaranteed housing while Lavern and Shirley are not, they are unable to form a group of four and enter the process together. Instead, the two guaranteed students form a group and go through the process together, while Lavern and Shirley form a separate group of their own. Lavern and Shirley are anxious about the drawing because they know that if they do not get housing, they either will not be able to live with Betty and Wilma, or the four of them will need to find housing off campus(and Betty and Wilma will each lose their $400 Housing Deposit). They are relieved when Shirley draws a low number, and the two groups receive appointment times that are separated by only 3 hours. They come in to the Student Housing Office together for Room Selection at the later of their appointment times and are able to choose from some limited options.
NOTE: You'll notice from this example that there is a way for sophomores to live with juniors or seniors, but the logistics are somewhat complicated. We recommend that you speak with someone in the Student Housing Office if you are exploring this option.
Rising sophomores who are looking to live with juniors or seniors just to increase their chances of living in apartments are likely to be disappointed. For every mixed group that ends up in an apartment, there must be another mixed group assigned to the suites or other sophomore options. Also, notice that the students could not enter as a group of four and are therefore less likely to draw lower numbers. This option is not always available; it is strictly based on space availability.
Student Housing Takeover
The Student Housing Office will host the Men's Basketball Game on Thursday, February 9, 2017. We will also host Open House and Building Tours on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
During the Open House, you will be able to take a tour of the buildings available to choose from during the Room Selection portion of the Housing Selection Process. RAs will give tours around the buildings and inside various rooms so that you can get a feel for the community. We highly encourage you to visit all buildings you are eligible to select from. All suites and apartment buildings will be available to tour on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Tours will begin at O'Malley Lawn for McCarthy, Rains, Leavey 4, Leavey 5, Leavey 6, and O'Malley, and the Hannon Basketball Court will have tours for McKay, Hannon, and Tenderich.
Students with Special Housing Needs
If you require any special housing accommodations because of a disability or a chronic physical condition, contact the office of Disability Support Services (DSS) at (310) 338-4216. DSS determines which requests will be accommodated through an independent evaluation process and communicates this information to the Student Housing Office. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, the Student Housing Office cannot guarantee that students who are approved for a housing accommodation by DSS will actually receive a housing assignment that meets that accommodation. The Student Housing Office makes every effort possible to provide for the housing accommodation. Continuing students should submit their documentation to DSS by Friday, January 27, 2017 for consideration.
Study Abroad and Leave of Absence Students
If you are Studying Abroad or on a Leave of Absence during the Spring
If you are studying abroad or on a leave of absence during spring semester and want to live on campus for the next academic year, you should participate in the Housing Selection Process. Since the process is online, you should be able to complete all the required steps while away from LMU.
If you are unsure whether you will be Studying Abroad next Fall
If you would like to live on campus in the event that your study abroad plans fall through, you should participate in the Housing Selection Process. Do not avoid going through the process for fear of losing the $400 Housing Deposit. The Student Housing Office acknowledges and supports the value of the study abroad experience and therefore does not process a fee forfeiture for students who are confirmed to be on an LMU or affiliated study abroad program and cancel their housing assignment by completing the "Housing License Agreement Release Request Form" found in Student Housing Online Services via MyLMU. In that event, your $400 Housing Deposit will be credited to your student account. If you plan to re-apply for housing for the spring semester, you will need to complete the online application found in Student Housing Online Services in MyLMU. When re-applying, you will need to resubmit all of your application materials including the online application, electronic acknowledgement of the license agreement, and a new $400 Housing Deposit to the Student Accounts Office.
If you have been admitted to the Study Abroad Program
If you are certain that you will be abroad in the fall and will not need housing until spring, you do not need to participate in the Housing Selection Process. If you are interested in living on-campus for the spring semester when you return, you can apply for spring housing through Student Housing Online Services in October. Spring housing is not guaranteed, but in previous years the Student Housing Office has been able to accommodate all interested returning Study Abroad students. We will contact you in November via an email to your LION email account so that you may fill out your online housing application, electronically acknowledge your license agreement and pay the Housing Deposit while you are abroad. We will then assign you to spring housing based on availability and the date that you submit the completed application materials.
Transfer Student Information
Transfer students who are completing their first academic year at LMU will be guaranteed housing for their 2nd year on campus. To receive housing, they must participate in the continuing student ‘Housing Selection Process’.
Students who form a roommate group with a continuing transfer student will take on the guaranteed status of that student. This means that if a roommate group consists of non-guaranteed students and a continuing transfer student, all students in that group will be guaranteed housing for the next academic year. Each student in the group will need to draw a ‘Housing Selection’ priority number. Lower priority numbers receive earlier housing selection appointment times. Students with earlier appointment times have more room options to choose from.
Create a Roommate Group
Students who would like to create a roommate group consisting of a continuing transfer student must complete the "Transfer Group" form. This form is available at the Student Housing Office (Leavey 6, Suite 100). Please be sure to include all students’ names and roommate pairing numbers on the form. Also designate the group leader on the form. The form must be signed by all students in the roommate group.
Select a Room Online
The lowest priority number drawn of the group becomes the entire roommate group’s number. During the group’s scheduled appointment time, the group leader will view all available room options and make an online room selection on behalf of their group. Groups consisting of continuing transfer students are eligible to choose from various room options based on the class level of the group’s majority.
If the majority of the roommate group are rising sophomores, rooms will be available in the following buildings:
- McCarthy suites
- McKay suites
- Rains suites
- Hannon apartments
- Tenderich apartments
- Single rooms in Del Rey North and Del Rey South residence halls
If the majority of the roommate group are rising juniors or seniors, rooms will be available in the following buildings:
- O'Malley apartments
- Leavey 4, 5, and 6 apartments